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What’s in a diaper?

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Get Smart about the Materials Used in Your Baby’s Diaper

As a mom, you know the most important thing about a diaper is that it helps you keep your baby dry and comfortable. But, you may wonder about how the diaper is constructed and the materials that are used to make this every day product so reliable.

Pampers are Designed with Babies in Mind

Disposable diapers have come a long way since 1961 when Victor Mills, a P&G chemical engineer, first created a disposable diaper to help him better care for his own grandson. Since then, moms have come to rely on them as a trusted go-to product.

The Anatomy of a Diaper

Pampers diapers are made from soft, breathable materials that move with your baby as he plays and sleeps each day. Modern disposable diapers have a layered construction, which allows the transfer and distribution of liquid away from the baby to an absorbent core where the liquid is locked away from baby to help keep him comfortable and dry.

How They Work

  • A baby’s urine first passes through a protective topsheet and the absorbtion layer, which is made from a cloth-like polyester film and is both soft and effective at quickly absorbing liquid and moving it away from baby’s skin.
  • The distribution layer captures the urine flow and transfers it to absorbent core.
  • The absorbent core structure is the key component of the diaper. This storage layer is made of superabsorbent gel that can soak up to 30 times its weight in fluid, locking it away and keeping the wetness in the diaper away from baby’s skin.
  • The outercovering of the diaper, also known as the backsheet, is typically made of a breathable film or cloth-like film composite that prevents wetness transfer to the bed or clothes.
  • Pampers also contains a mild lotion on the topsheet of the diaper to help skin maintain its health by protecting it from wetness.

Did you know? Over the years, with the introduction of superabsorbers, the incidence and severity of diaper rash has decreased significantly, which helps increase baby’s comfort and helps keep baby’s soft skin healthy.

Superabsorbent Gel

Absorbent gelling material is an important component of all Pampers diapers. Often referred to as a “superabsorber,” it is used in the core of Pampers diapers to absorb wetness and keep your baby dry.

Read more about Superabsorbers

The Colors In Pampers Diapers

Some Pampers diapers have colors in order to give the diaper a more clothing-like appearance.

Read More about Colorants in Pampers Diapers

Pampers Diapers and Fragrance

We’ve asked parents all around the world which products they prefer for their babies and research shows that parents, prefer diapers with a soft, baby-fresh scent. The perfumes are used at a very low level in each diaper and have been carefully selected and evaluated to be non-irritating to the skin, nor cause skin allergy or sensitization.

Read more about Pampers Diapers and Fragrance

Our Promise

There's nothing more important to us than your baby. That's why you can absolutely count on us to provide you with safe, high quality products to help you protect and care for your child. As always, feel free to contact us, if you have any questions, comments or ideas.


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